BANNER  Consulting

and Counseling

2525 Raeford Road, Suite B

Fayetteville, NC 28305


BANNER CONSULTING AND COUNSELING for mental health care, career counseling and reintegration services to the military.
Ralph Clark
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, EMDR Therapy
Specializes In: Individuals, Couples, Families, Military & Civilian, Trauma, Performance Enhancement, Addiction

Ralph Clark is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina. He is also an approved Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor.  He earned his Master of Community Counseling degree from Webster University. He is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. He has more than 5 years of counseling experience with individuals, couples, and families both military as well as non-military families. He is also experienced using Eye Movement Desensitization, Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma, performance enhancement, and addiction reduction.

Jerry Powell
Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Specializes in: Depression, anxiety, personal & relationship problems, military personnel and families.

Jerry Powell, D.Min, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina. He has been an ordained minister for 38 years and is a retired Army chaplain with 20 years of service in military ministry.

Dr. Powell provides counseling for depression, anxiety, and most personal and relationship problems. He is a specialist in working with military personnel and families, and he has extensive knowledge serving soldiers and families when the soldier has returned from deployment.
Alessandra Nelson
Licensed Professional Counselor
Specializes In: Ages 6 and older, victims of child sexual abuse, military sexual trauma, incest, and sexual abuse, in all of its forms, PTSD, trauma, redeployment, grief issues

Alessandra was born and raised in Italy, and moved to North Carolina via the military in 1995. She received her Bachelor's in Psychology from Campbell University in 1998, and her Master's in Counseling Psychology from FSU in 2001. She has been in private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2004. Prior to that, from 2001 to 2004, she was the staff therapist at the local Rape Crisis Center. This early professional experience has made her connect on a very deep level with patients of all ages who were victims of child sexual abuse, military sexual trauma, incest, and sexual abuse, in all of its forms.

She has worked extensively with active duty service members, military families, and veterans, and has dealt with PTSD, trauma, redeployment and grief issues. She has also had the privilege to work with several Gold Star Wives and Gold Star Children, and they hold a very special place in her heart. She enjoys working with a variety of issues, and loves connecting with her patients to empower them to work towards their goals.

Alessandra is EMDR trained, and while she has a strong cognitive behavioral foundation, she has an eclectic approach to therapy, since no two clients are alike. Alessandra’s goal is to provide a safe, confidential, non-judgemental therapeutic environment to clients (age 6 and older) of any gender, cultural background, religious belief, sexual orientation and sexual identity.

James Rose
MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Specializes In: Deployments, Individuals, Couples, Families, All ages, Equine assisted mental health

James is a retired chaplain who served in Special Operations Command for 13 years. His goal to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist came from a deep commitment to continue serving soldiers and their families. He is very aware of the struggles military families face and the trauma they deal with on a daily basis in regards to multiple deployments. He is devoted to helping individuals, couples, and families discover ways to experience this amazing gift called life, to its fullest. James is open to working with all age groups. He is certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy and EMDR.

James also provides equine assisted mental health at his farm, Plenty and Grace, LLC. His most important value as a clinician is to create a therapeutic environment in which everyone is warmly welcomed regardless of the situation they may be facing. He holds an interim Top Secret clearance.

Joe Brazzle
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Specializes In: Military families, children and teens, PTSD, anxiety, depression, family stress, military transition, divorce, behavior issues

John "Joe" Brazzle MA, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in North Carolina. He is retired from the U.S. Army and brings his unique military experiences into the counseling room to help address PTSD, anxiety, depression, family stress and military transition. He is also passionate about working with military families, children, and adolescents with life challenges, divorce and behavior issues.

Linda Pendleton
Ph.D, Licensed Psychologist, EMDR
Specializes In: Dysfunctional/abusive/emotionally unavailable families,

Dr. Pendleton earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University and did year-long full-time internships at both a university counseling center and a Stanford University-affiliated teaching hospital. She worked 10 years as a full-time medical school professor, creating and directing an eating disorders clinic as well as lecturing and publishing in that field. In addition to working with eating disorders, she has both interest and experience in working with clients who come from a background of dysfunctional/abusive/emotionally unavailable families. Helping emotionally blocked clients who "live in their heads" is also an area of skill and interest for her. She has 20+ years' experience in teaching mindfulness meditation techniques, frequently offering this as a tool for her clients. Also having received her advanced training in EMDR from Dr. Francine Shapiro, the creator of EMDR, she has developed considerable skill in utilizing this highly effective technique. Since 1995, her mastery of EMDR has been an important contributor to her track record of success in helping clients change.

Dr. Pendleton is not wedded to a single therapeutic orientation but rather believes in drawing upon her array of therapeutic skills, working in collaboration with her clients to craft an individualized treatment approach tailored to their particular needs and goals. However, the cornerstone of her approach lies in her belief that "you can't heal what you don't feel" and that most emotional difficulties stem from difficult past situations/relationships. Helping clients understand how their past experiences result in current struggles is a pivotal part of facilitating their growth and personal change. As a crucial foundation for this work, she offers a compassionate, non-judgmental, and collaborative therapeutic partnership.

Dr. Pendleton was a partner in Carolina Psychological Associates for 22 years prior to joining the Banner Consulting and Counseling group.

Dr. Mei-Chuang (Mae) Wang, Ph.D.

Dr. Wang has a doctoral degree from the University of Memphis in counseling psychology and a MA degree from the University of Northern Iowa in clinical psychology. She is licensed as a psychologist and professional counselor in the state of North Carolina. She is also a credentialed Health Service Psychologist. She has received EMDR training for treating symptoms that are associated with trauma and abuse.  

Specializes in: treating anxiety, depression, trauma, self-identity, and interpersonal issues. She focuses on clients' narratives and thinking/reatoning process. Her goal for therapy is to help and empower her client to use her/his strengths to find new ways of coping with life's challenges. She believes that her clients have unique ways of accessing their own experiences, and she considers counseling a safe place to collaborate with them on their process of self-awareness, understanding, and personal development.

Patricia Hanley
Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor
Specializes In: Military personnel and families, as well as civilians, trauma and grief, anxiety, depression, worry, anger, relationship issues, adjustment issues, family of origin issues, low self-esteem, multicultural issues, post-traumatic stress, adult survivors of sexual abuse or assault.  

Patricia has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University. She is a Tricare and Blue Cross Blue Shield provider, and has 25 year’s experience working with military members and their families. 

A Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, and an EMDR Approved Consultant, she can provide supervision hours for LPC-As, and those seeking Certification in EMDR. EMDR is a proven effective treatment for PTSD and other issues. 

Patricia believes in providing a safe, unbiased place for clients to express feelings, and to resolve challenges, and is open and accepting of all.

Dr. Joy McNeil, Ph.D., LPC

Dr. McNeil is a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina.  She earned her Ph.D in Counseling Studies and Human Services from Capella University and received a Masters in Psychology from Fayetteville State University. Dr. McNeil has in rural communities, within residential treatment facilities, within the military community serving the Army sexual assault prevention program, and most recently, in community mental health conducting clinical assessments, forensic evaluations, and counseling with at-risk youth and their families.  She is a North Carolina-rostered Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist who has spent several years working with youth, ages 6-18, who experienced various forms of trauma.  Dr. McNeil utilizes research, evidenced-based therapeutic modalities, and person-centered approaches in connectivity with her clients.  Through collaboration, she and clients form an individualized plan that meets their goals and vision.  She is open to working with all ages 8+.

Sarah Campagna, LPC
Sarah is a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor who has extensive experience working with children and adolescents. She has helped at-risk and high-risk mothers and children. She is trained in EMDR for assisting clients manage trauma and loss in their lives. Her experience in multi-cultural and foreign cultures helps her with clients who experience anxiety, loneliness, alienation and life transitions. She is especially adept with adolescents who are experiencing bullying and alienation.
Tracey Frink, M.Div.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Specializes In: Couples and families, post- traumatic stress and growth, relationship issues, anxiety and depression, deployment and reintegration issues, ADHD, Parental Alienation Syndrome

Tracey has a passion for horses and helping people. She has combined those two loves in the practice of Equine Assisted Mental Health (EAMH). She holds a Master of Divinity and has over 30 years experience of helping and empowering people. She did her Clinical Pastoral Education at the Leavenworth VA and has a heart for working with military personnel and their families. Her Master's degree is in counseling psychology and she is pursuing full licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She is particularly interested in working with couples and families, post- traumatic stress and growth, relationship issues, anxiety and depression, deployment and reintegration issues. She has considerable experience working with sensory processing disorders like ADHD and overcoming Parental Alienation Syndrome. She believes in creating a welcoming environment for all people of any background regardless of faith, culture, age, sexual orientation. She is open to members and families of the Q community and is knowledgeable of many Native cultures, including Native American spirituality.

Barry D. Bowden MS, MA, ThM

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Specializes in: personal and relationship problems, issues specific to military couples, PTSD, anxiety, life transitions, trauma and grief, and spiritual issues.
Barry is a retired Army chaplain who served in the military 34 years; he and his wife moved 14 times in 22 years with 4 children, and he has served 7 years with Special Operations Forces as a Military and Family Life Counselor.  He understands the pressures and stresses of life and believes that we get some things right, but there are other areas in which we need someone who will help--by listening to us, understanding our situation, and supporting us going forward.    
Barry is trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) -- an evidence-based treatment for psychological trauma and depression. It provides rapid recovery from problems such as trauma, anxiety, work stress, relationship issues, infidelity, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). ART allows an individual to keep the knowledge of the incident but lose the pain from the past to find relief. 
Barry believes life is all about relationships with those we love and intersect life with--it can be the best of times or the worst of times.  Consequently, we need a safe place to pause, assess our situations, and consider options on how to move forward in life.

Michelle Duke

Licensed Clinical Social Worker 
Specializes in: Individuals, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Infidelity, Blended families, EMDR trained

Michelle graduated from Austin State University in 2007. She has been in practice since 2013. Her NC License number is C009963

Are you worried, stressed or feeling stuck? My goal is to help people of all ages solve and/or cope with problems in their everyday lives.

I have spent the last few years working with military families. I am a military spouse and was a soldier myself. I understand the issues faced by our military and their families and am able to help.

I offer a safe environment to allow us to explore any issues and concerns you may have.

Tarra Farnham

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate

Specializes in: Trauma, Veteran/Military Issues, Addictions, Athletes, Anxiety, Ages 6+

Tarra has a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Campbell University.  She is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and married to a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran.  Because of this, she understands the pressure on both sides of deployments and military service.

Tarra has worked with children and adults who have dealt with many different types of trauma and understands there are many layers to each traumatic experience.  She is a rostered NC Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. Previously, she worked in community mental health with adolescents who had experienced complex sexual trauma and traumatic grief.  In addition, Tarra has experience in forensic evaluations and assessments for adults/children.

Tarra also enjoys working with athletes to help them strengthen their mental skills.  As a competitive Powerlifter, she understands how mental skills directly transition into athletic performance.

Alyssa Bowden
Licensed Professional Counselor

Specializes in: Individuals, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and borderline personality disorder.


Alyssa is a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina.  She earned her Bachelors of Science in Family and Community Services in 2009 and her Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Campbell University in 2013. She completed over 900 hours counseling soldiers and their families during her graduate internship, and has served as an outpatient therapist for a community mental health agency for 4 years. Alyssa has been rostered as a quality provider of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and has completed training in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. 

Jill Monague
Licensed Professional Counselor

The idea of “counseling” and “therapy” can seem stigmatizing and confusing. You might even feel embarrassed that you’re looking for professional help. 

My goal is to partner with you to provide a compassionate, supportive and confidential environment in which you can explore, grow, learn, and find the best solution for you. Although you will have to do the hard work, I will be there every step of the way. I use evidenced-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and will encourage you to practice what we’ve discussed between sessions.

I enjoy working with children ages 10 and up, adolescents and adults. I have a special interest in helping parents understand and become more attuned to their children.

You’ve come this far; let’s take the next step together!

Specialty Areas: Children (ages 10+), adolescents, and adults/couples: Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Behavior Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Trauma, Grief and Loss.